Katherine Spillar Bio
Katherine Spillar is the Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine and Executive Director and Secretary of the Feminist Majority.
In December 2001, the Feminist Majority Foundation became the sole publisher of Ms. magazine (founded in 1972). Spillar oversaw relocation of the iconic magazine’s editorial operations from New York City to Los Angeles, and in 2005, was named Executive Editor. Under her oversight, Ms. has increased its investigative reporting and today is one of the largest print and online feminist news sites reaching readers from across the globe. Under her direction, Ms. has developed an innovative digital textbook resource, Ms. Classroom, covering current feminist topics and activism and used by instructors for all levels of women’s and gender studies courses in hundreds of college and university programs across the country.
One of the founders of the Feminist Majority, Spillar has been a driving force in executing the organizations’ diverse programs securing women’s rights domestically and globally since its inception in 1987. As an expert on anti-abortion terrorism, Spilllar has overseen the organization’s research and public education activities, law enforcement relations, litigation, as well as grassroots organizing to keep clinics open in the face of extremist violence. She has also played a vital role in the organization’s work to mobilize young feminists on college and high school campuses.
Spillar speaks to diverse audiences nationwide on a broad range of domestic and international feminist topics and appears frequently on television and radio. She has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, 60 Minutes, the Rachel Maddow Show, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Tell Me More with Michel Martin, the O’Reilly Factor, CNN, ABC Nightly News, CBS News, NBC, FOX, the Tavis Smiley Show, Politically Incorrect, and Hannity & Colmes.
Spillar also currently serves as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Women & Girls Initiative.She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Studies from TCU, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and an Interdisciplinary Master’s of Science degree in Economics, Urban Policy and Business from Trinity University.